So on my second last day, I spent the day exploring Bur Dubai once more.
Firstly, I went to the Grand Mosque – having not seen any mosques in the main city and having seen the Sheikh Zayed mosque in Abu Dhabi, I really wanted to see the most notable mosque in Dubai! And it didn’t disappoint!
I arrived just as afternoon prayers were ending – so the empty alleyways that I walked towards the mosque quickly filled with the local faithful, their chattering and laughter filling the streets.
Then, I hit up Al Fahidi Historical, which is this neighbourhood in Old Dubai that has been built/preserved to reflect Dubai of the past. And walking through it was pretty cool – a nice, quiet spot away from the craziness of the city.
But the most memorable part of the day was when I decided to ride a train to the end of a line. When I got out of the train and left the station, I found this cricket oval tucked in between the back of the station and an unfinished building.
And there was this inter-company tournament going on, which turned out to be incredibly captivating – I spent a couple hours just watching through the fence. My first live cricket experience!!
There’s just something about sport, that has an ability to unite people – regardless of difference. And while I watched through the fence, the players and the onlookers acknowledged me, smiled, and accepted me as part of the crowd there.
It was a nice, little moment, especially after spending so much time in chaotic, busy Dubai – I finally was able to catch my breath, watching some locals play the gentleman’s sport.
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